Opens the Advanced Plate System Properties dialog box to view and modify the properties of the advanced plate system. The software defines the default properties from the selected structural specification and the advanced plate system rules. For more information, see Advanced Plate System Properties Dialog Box.
Specifies the advanced plate system macro to use. The macro that you select determines the inputs that the software requires. Select one of the following:
Advanced plate system macros on the selected tab of the Advanced Plate Palette dialog box. The current macro is the default value.
Recently selected macros.
Construction - Creates a custom advanced plate system by using a basic geometric construction macro. For more information, see Geometric Constructions.
APS Icon Browser - Displays the Advanced Plate Palette Dialog Box.
More - Displays a list of all available advanced plate system macros. For more information, see Select Macro Dialog Box.
The following options with the selected insert plate macro.
1 - Specifies a supporting or continuous member.
2 - Specifies a supported or continuous member.
3 - Specifies a second supported member that is aligned with the first supported member.
For a new advanced plate system, you can identify the status of input items by the background color of the step:
- No background color when no input is selected.
- Yellow background when an input is newly selected.
- Yellow background when you change a parameter from the default value.
- Blue background when you previously selected an input.
Selected inputs appear highlighted in pink in the Workspace Explorer and as pink dotted lines in the graphic view:
Clears the selection for the current step.
Accepts the selection for the current step.
Completes the advanced plate system definition, shows a preview of the system, and returns to the Advanced Plate System ribbon. For more information, see Advanced Plate System.
To change the advanced plate system definition, click Select Supports on the Advanced Plate System ribbon.
Category - Specifies a category for the macro. This option is not currently used.
Length - Specifies the length of the insert plate in each direction from the intersection of the supported and supporting members.
Width - Specifies the width of the insert plate centered along each member flange.
Radius - Specifies the radius of the insert plate at each corner.
Direction - Specifies the flange on which to place the insert plate, relative to the member major axis. Select Positive to place the insert plate on the top flanges of the members. Select Negative to place the insert plate on the bottom flanges of the members.